What experience do you have that would make an effective mayor?
I have 18 years as a locally elected public official. This includes vice-chair of the Regional District of Central Kootenay, chair of the Central Kootenay Regional Hospital District, and too-numerous-to-list chairmanships of government committees.
What is your top priority for the next town council?
To stop the tax-and-spend philosophy that has run rampant in town hall — a 29 per cent increase in the last three years and a projected 13 per cent further increase in the next three years.
Should the Creston Valley have a single, locally managed form of government?
When I dream, the answer is a resounding yes. When I am awake, the picture changes. We worry about where someone is from rather than the contribution they can make. To be a good deal, it has to be a good deal for all. The tax differential between the town and the rural areas makes it a dream for the town and a nightmare for the rural areas. Until the taxes in the town are reasonable, the idea will only be a dream, which is unfortunate as boundaries are only imaginary lines and all the people of this valley have common goals and expectations.
How many council/committee meetings have you attended in 2014?
Several council meeting, more committee meetings — mainly shared service committee meetings — and numerous conversations and consultations with councillors and staff.
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